Is Tesla’s FSD Beta Software Safe? Real-World Testing vs. Child Dummy [VIDEO]

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YouTube channel TechGeek Tesla shared a video on Tuesday testing Tesla’s Full Self-Driving (FSD) beta with different moving dummies. Led by automation engineer Jon Herrity, the tests take place in the Roselle Center Business Park in Roselle, Illinois. Herrity is an active FSD beta tester.

The video utilizes three different tests using child mannequins to see if the FSD system recognizes them, and Herrity says it shows that the beta program is safe.

After testing with 3 child mannequins over 3 days, I can say with full confidence that FSD Beta is NOT a threat to the public,” writes the channel in the video’s description. “In fact, it’s the complete opposite. And this video proves it.

In the video, Herrity is using Tesla’s FSD beta version 10.12.2 on the car’s 2022.12.3.20 software.

The news comes after anti-Tesla California Senate Candidate Dan O’Dowd released a campaign video saying Tesla’s FSD program “mows down children.” After a fan followed up with a test video using child dummies to show the claims were incorrect, the response video was removed from YouTube.

Last week, Tesla demanded that Dan O’Dowd also remove his video showing the FSD beta hitting child dummies.

The new test video released on Tuesday garnered significant attention, including a reply from Tesla CEO Elon Musk himself.

Check out the video below, which shows that’s it’s hard to make FSD beta hit a child dummy:

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